Culture Shock haven’t released any new music since 1989. But that statement is only partially true; although the name “Culture Shock” hasn’t been used in nearly three decades, the band’s members have been actively involved in various punk bands together- most notably Citizen Fish and the Subhumans. Since they’ve been playing together for so many years, it makes the band’s return all the easier to digest, and helps Attention Span, their fourth studio album, to avoid any of the pitfalls that generally plague reunion albums.
As a matter of fact, Attention Span hardly sounds like a reunion album at all. It hardly sounds like Culture Shock has even taken any kind of extended break- there are no awkward compositions that sound like the messy result of members not wanting to hurt each other’s feelings by telling them their new ideas are bad, nor are there any over-bloated “we’re back!” sentiments throughout the album. Instead, Attention Span is 10 straight-forward anarcho ska-punk jams, rallying against the upper class and modern apathy and comfort.
When punk rock is done right, there really isn’t much else to say about it. Dick Lucas and company have been composing some of the finest political ska-punk anthems for years and Attention Span is the latest addition to their legacy, helping to prove that it doesn’t matter what name the songs are released under.
4 / 5 – Stream it below.
RIYL: Citizen Fish, The Clash, Leftover Crack